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Vegas, VI, and Texas 2016

2016: Vegas, Virgin Islands, and Texasvi-5-cane-bay

Vegas – December
NFR is fun, and the scenery is amazing. I am not talking about the scenery at the casinos even though it is very well decorated for the Christmas season. Save your money and hire a driver if you want to see sight see. It is totally worth it. Hoover Dam is something to see.

http://www.nfrexperience.com/

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Allegiant Airlines: Cheap, cheap flights, but beware of the following:
All beverages cost money. A diet Coke is $2.00.
They accept nothing but cards.
Weight for check in luggage on other planes is 50 lbs., but for this airline, it is 40 lbs. Yes, I had to weigh my luggage before I left the house.

You can bring on the plane a purse or a very small bag. If you bring carry-on luggage such as a back pack, it will cost you $15.00, if you do it online before you leave. If you wait until you get to the airport, I think it is $35.00.
You are charged if you pick your seat. I do not care where I sit or who I sit with on the plane. It is like an opportunity to meet new people, but if that is important to you then this might not be a good choice for you.
It was still worth it to me because a non-stop Vegas flight for $150.00 including baggage is worth a little inconvenience.

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Virgin Islands – August
St. Thomas and St. Croix
Awesome adventure. I met some really great people.
Every day it is like you are looking at a picture or a postcard. It reminded me of Costa Rica where you want to reach out and touch what you are viewing to make sure that it is real.vi-1

I stayed at Bluebeard’s Castle. The staff was so nice and accommodating. http://www.bluebeards-castle.com/vi3-hotel

Corner by the Pool – Great place for breakfast.
Cabana Bar – Love the ladies who work at the bar!
Warning: Alcohol is very plentiful in the islands. It is cheaper to put alcohol in a drink than the mixers.

Great places to eat:
Johnnie Gabriel’s
Hibiscus Café and Bar
Eat at Cane Bay
Jen’s Deli
Green House
Dog House Pub
The Bombay Club
There were many others, but I cannot remember the names.

Water Island is wonderful. Spend time there. You take a small boat over and stay as long as you want. ($10.00 round trip)
http://www.vinow.com/waterisland/vi-st-johns

I am not a big fan of the small airplanes that hop from one island to another and land on the water, but sometimes, you must just suck it up and go!vi-plane

My one regret is that  I did not make it to St. John’s Island. I am sure Kenny Chesney was waiting on me, but I ran out of time.
http://www.visitusvi.com/stjohn/homepage

Purchase jewelry, perfume, and alcohol and tobacco products if you need them. No tax!
http://www.gotostcroix.com/island-hopping/
http://travel.usnews.com/US_Virgin_Islands/

Texas- May
The best road trip I have ever taken!
On your way stop at the Boudin Shop. The food was really good.
http://www.boudinshop.com/002

They really do pull over and let you go past them if they are driving too slowly. It is so chivalrous!

Shade Tree Saloon and Grill- Spring Branch, Texas
Quaint place that you will love!
https://www.yelp.com/biz/shade-tree-saloon-and-grill-spring-branch

San Antonio Riverwalk- A very neat place with many restaurants and things to do.
https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/015

Alamo- I did part of it. If I can see it online, it is hard for me to stand in line to see it.

Mitierra- Great food and pastries! There is always a line for the bakery.
http://www.mitierracafe.com/

Austin- Always a wonderful place to visit. Food trucks are so good (Taco Flats). Cupcakes not as good as I remembered them to be. You must go two step at the Broken Spoke and look at pictures of George Strait in the ladies restroom.
https://www.yelp.com/biz/broken-spoke-austin?osq=Country+Western+Bar119

Deep Eddy’s Vodka and Tito’s Vodka are products of the Austin region.

Fredericksburg – Great downtown area with many shops to browse.
http://www.fredericksburgtexas-online.com/
http://www.visitfredericksburgtx.com/

Gruene, Texas – We drove by and viewed the oldest dance hall (1878).
http://gruenehall.com/

The Grapevine in Giddings, Texas – Our favorite shopping experience.
http://www.fineclothingstores.com/store/1416074258669610/The+Grapevine
https://www.pinterest.com/grapevinegiddin/

Luckenbach- I had to visit because of the song.
Waylon Jennings- Luckenbach, Texas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvZeYDBY4fw105

It is a very small town with interesting people and concerts on certain nights.
http://www.luckenbachtexas.com/

New Orleans- April
I have written about this city before. It is a favorite.
Mardi Gras tour was fun. The other tour was also fun:
The Tasting Room
McClure’s Barbecue
NOLA Brewing Tap Roomnola-4-03-16-025nola-4-03-16-021

Mexico- January
I did write about this wonderful trip.

http://southmeetswest.com/mexico-living-life-full-time/

Cuba
I want to go to Cuba and walk the streets as Hemingway did. Any suggestions on where to stay or what to do, let me know.
 http://www.ibtimes.com/best-beaches-cuba-where-find-paradise-caribbean-island-nation-1784678
http://autenticacuba.com/beaches/#axzz4C9U46QVN
http://www.justluxe.com/travel/luxury-vacations/feature-1963761.php

Safe travels!vi-ending-of-blog

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